PROPOSED CLOCK CHANGES WOULD BOOST TIME BRITS SPEND GARDENING
A new poll by 10:10’s Lighter Later Campaign – the campaign to move the UK’s clocks forward by one hour – has revealed that, given the luxury of an extra 60 minutes of sunlight each day, the majority of Britons would choose to spend more time tending their garden.
A poll of individuals signed up to the movement revealed 30% would rather spend
the extra 60 minutes of daylight hours 10:10is proposing growing their own fruit and vegetables. Respondents overwhelmingly chose tending their own garden over sitting in a pub beer garden (9%). Enjoying outdoor sports was a close second with 28% of
Lighter Lateris an initiative set up by 10:10, a movement of individuals, businesses, schools and organisations all working towards a 10% cut in the UK’s carbon emissions. 10:10’s proposition that the UK’s clocks are moved forward to GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer would prevent half a million tons of CO2 being released into the atmosphere, as well as creating up to 80,000 jobs and boosting the tourism and leisure industries by up to £3.5billion. Later this year a letter signed by Lighter Later’s supporters will be delivered to the Prime Minister. Since launching a fortnight ago,
the campaign has already won the support of more than 8,000 people. Its proposals also have the backing of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), which recognises the boost an extra hour of daylight would bring garden centres nationwide.
Lighter Later’s campaign manager Daniel Vockins said: “I’m delighted supporters of Lighter Laterhave chosen to spend their extra hour of daylight digging in. Whether it be planting potatoes in patio pots or producing prize pumpkins in their veggie patch, growing your own fruit and veg reflects everything 10:10is about: reducing your carbon footprint with simple measures that’ll save you money and make you happier and healthier.
“Ninety percent of UK homes have a garden and this survey proves that our nation
of gardeners would do more if they had more daylight to play with. If Government followed Lighter Later’s proposals just think of the amount of extra people who would be able to get their hands dirty.”
The poll results in full:
How would you spend your extra hour of daylight?
Getting stuck into the garden – 30%
Enjoying outdoor sports – 28%
Having dinner outside with the family – 21%
Enjoying the views as you commute home – 11%
Relaxing in a beer garden with friends – 10%
For more information visit www.lighterlater.orgor www.1010uk.org
10:10is an ambitious project to unite every sector of British society behind one simple idea: that by working together we can achieve a 10% cut in the UK’s carbon emissions in 2010.
10:10was conceived by the team behind climate blockbuster The Age Of Stupid and is run by a small independent team, supported by an army of volunteers and a dream team of partner organisations including Comic Relief, the Energy Saving Trust, the Carbon Trust, the Public Interest Research Centre and many more.
It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of a huge problem like climate change, but by bringing individual actions together under one banner, 10:10enables everyone to make a meaningful difference. Launched in September 2009, the campaign has, to date, garnered the support of over 60,000 individuals and 2,000 businesses, including household names such as Sony, Adidas and Starbucks, and celebrities ranging from Delia Smith to Mark Ronson. 10:10has been making waves in both central and local Government, counting many MPs and Government departments in its ranks as well as one in three UK councils.
10:10has joined forces with 350.org - who last year pulled off 5,200 events in 181 countries – to co-ordinate the biggest-ever global day of action on climate change, on 10th October 2010(10.10.10).